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Record number 482629
Title The Metaphysics of Collaboration: Identity, Unity and Difference in Cross-Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Development
Author(s) Blok, V.
Source Philosophy of Management 13 (2014)2. - ISSN 1740-3812 - p. 53 - 74.
DOI https://doi.org/10.5840/pom201413211
Department(s) Business Management & Organisation
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Abstract In this article, we critically discuss the ideal of alignment, unity and harmony in cross-sector partnerships (CSP) for wicked problems like sustainable development. We explore four characteristics of the concepts of identity, unity and difference which are presupposed in the partnership and collaboration literature, and point at their metaphysical origin. Based on our analysis of these four characteristics, we show the limitations of the metaphysical concepts of identity and difference in the case of CSPs for wicked problems like sustainable development.
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